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Fat Transfer Dr. Massey specializes in Liposuction in Santa Monica and Los Angeles

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Many types of filling substances have been used in cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of deep wrinkles and folds and to give fuller lips or more prominent cheekbones and chins. Some of these are derived from bovine products (cows) others from human cadavers. The use of fat transplantation through micro-lipo-injection has added an extremely safe and versatile option. Dr. Massey has perfected his own technique of using the patients own fat as a filling agent.

What is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer involves two steps. First a small amount of fat is harvested from the patient using a mini-liposuction technique. Common donor areas include the buttocks, thighs or abdomen. Then the fat is injected into the desired area such as under a deep fold within the face or into the lips. The whole process is done under local anesthesia, and takes about 30 minutes. The results are instantaneous although 24 hours should be allowed for any swelling to recede.

What are the advantages of fat transfer over collagen or other filling agents?

The use of the patients own fat has several advantages:

Who is a good candidate for fat transfer?

Patients with deep facial groves that make them look older or patients wishing to have fuller, sexier lips are the best candidates for fat transfer. The most common area that fat transfer is used is to correct deep nasolabial folds. This is the deep groove that runs from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth.

Fat Transfer to Nasolabial Folds

Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer


Fat Transfer to Nasolabial Folds and Upper Lips

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Patient Testimonials


"Dr Massey, you are a rarity today and a fine representation of what a doctor should be… caring for the patient above all else. Thank you most deeply for your beautiful work on my nose. Thank you most especially for seeing me through a very traumatic experience with outstanding care, sensitivity and professionalism."

-Suzanne B.

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Before & afters

For Dr. Massey safety is the first priority with any surgery. He has personally performed hundreds of liposuction surgeries, and none of his patients has had any type of serious complication. Indeed in a recent study of over 15,000 patients treated with tumescent liposuction there was not a single serious complication.

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